Research at the University of Maryland has stumbled upon a mosquito killing fungus that has been genetically engineered with toxins from spiders and scorpions. Able to “kill mosquitoes with a single spore” this could be a very big breakthrough in the fight against these disease spreading pests. Here’s an article with more information.
A new study from the University of Maryland and colleagues from Burkina Faso, China and Australia suggests that a mosquito-killing fungus genetically engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins could serve as a highly effective biological control mechanism to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The fungus is specific to mosquitoes and does not pose a risk to humans. Further, the study results suggest that the fungus is also safe for honey bees and other insects.
The combination of spider, scorpion and mosquito is enough to send a shudder down the spine of many, but if it’s for a good cause, maybe we can shake off the scare factor.
There’s no need to be if you take the proper precautions to prevent a bite in the first instance whether outdoors or inside!
Whether at home or on vacation pesky mosquito bites can cause misery over the summer months. In addition to unpleasant itching and scratching days after they can also cause some more serious problems, spreading diseases such as Zika. Here we’ve put together some tops tips on steps you can take to avoid being bitten.
At home, make sure you’ve got your yard protected with a barrier spray. Empty anywhere that standing water can collect and always wear repellent. Don’t let these bugs put the fear of life into us. After all… We are WAY bigger than they are!
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